Another thanks to Enterprise car rental for allowing us to demo the Toyota AVENSIS DIESEL SPORTS TOURER 2.0D Business Edition 5dr Manual which they have recently added to their fleet.
As we have already discussed, if you do need short-term car hire in the Leigh/Wigan/Warrington area, do speak with the team there. On that point, CarLease Uk do not offer short-term hire solutions.
With contract hire we offer contracts at 24, 46 and 48 months (plus anything in between). You have to consider that contract hire and leasing is an alternative to purchasing a car, rather than some flexible stop-gap solution in between purchasing cars. Shorter term arrangements are often far more expensive, so we have always concentrated on the better value long term options. That being said we do appreciate some company car fleets need temporary solutions for new staff or foreign visitors. In that case you need to go down the shorter term hire route.
The Toyota is not a vehicle we supply much of in truth. Historically, it was seen as one of the better brands for trust and reliability. Toyota’s early investment into the Hybrid movement with the Prius also pushed the manufacturer into the forefront of many personal and business leasing customers’ minds. However, over the last 3 years, the UK has seen a significant move to the prestige German brands such as the Audi, BMW and Mercedes plus the VW. The growth of the Korean brands, which are perhaps better for the younger driver, with the Hyundai and Kia, has seen demand for the Toyota decline.
Much of their later product does now seem to push towards the older-driver, which is not an issue in itself, as the grey-pound is certainly a strong proposition in our modern economy.
In terms of the car shown, it is based on the following:
· Metallic – Tyrol silver
· Amberley cloth/alcantara – Black/light grey
· 17″ alloy wheels
On the technical-side company car and business users can take note of the £25,365.00 P11d and the CO2 at 120g/km. The 1998 CC 6 speed manual engine offers a combined MPG of 61.4, 143ps and 0-62 times of just under 10 seconds. Servicing intervals are set at every 12 months.
Where you are looking at yearly/annual services, do consider the benefits of customer-maintained vs funder-maintained, as in the latter case you can arrange (for an additional cost) for the servicing, maintenance and tyre obligations (plus breakdown recovery in some circumstances) to be included for the duration of the contract.
The estate, or tourer/sportswagon, class of vehicles has probably seen an overall decline in popularity regardless of the brand. Customer habits for purchasing and leasing vehicles has changed dramatically due to the considered growth of the SUV. The family-car is no longer the unattractive MPV or the soulless estate vehicle; customers now can achieve aesthetically pleasing, well-stocked and spacious options with the SUVs on offer.
Due to budgetary constraints a family needs a solution which fits many of their needs and the modern SUV is doing just that.
It does make you consider how manufacturers are dealing with this shift? It will also be interesting how they will start to develop their engines in light of the petrol vs diesel debates too.
So, if you are sticking with the estate vehicle, with the Ford Mondeo Estate, Vauxhall Insignia Estate, Kia Optima Sportswagon and Skoda Octavia Estate as the main competitors, would the Toyota be your choice in this class of vehicles?
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